Pacific Leaders 'Panicking' About Ramifications Of Trump Presidency For Climate Funding

Withdrawal of U.S. from Paris agreement could impact promised $3 billion for Green Climate Fund

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 11, 2016) – Pacific leaders are not only concerned but panicking about the report that US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw the US from the global climate pact.

This is because his resolve may jeopardise the United States participation in the US$10.2 billion Green Climate Fund (GCF) set up to help those affected by climate change.

This fund was set up to help and assist major developing countries and vulnerable countries like small island states in the Pacific.

The United States is the biggest contributor of Green Climate Fund with US$3 billion. Other contributors are Japan $1.5bn, UK $1.2bn, Germany $1bn, Sweden ($500,000) and others, like Indonesia, that make up the remaining $1.9billion.

With the announcement by President-elect, the Pacific Island leaders, including PNG, are concerned.

US president-elect Donald Trump was reported in US media as saying that he was not a great believer in man-made climate change and had vowed to "cancel" the Paris climate agreement because it was "bad for US business".

A note from the office of the chair of the Pacific Island Forum president Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia said it was a concern given climate change was one of the main agendas of the Small Island States and the Pacific.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in September that climate change was a major agenda and that the Paris agreement in which the Pacific leaders led the discussions had set targets, and provided global recognition of the concerns and realities.

Former president of Kiribati Anote Tong referred back to the agendas of the pacific nations and said it was important that the Pacific Islands Forum maintain a strong voice considering the region’s vulnerabilities to the impact of climate change.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau reiterated that unity among Pacific leaders to address climate change and others with President-elect Trump.

Every PIF leaders welcomed the Paris agreement and reinforced that achieving the Agreement goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degree above pre-industrialised levels was an existential matter for many Forum members which must be addressed with urgency.

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We are the people, hopping for the good future and depending on the strong and powerful man which I mean America. Yes, i know we need help in so many ways. Let us pray now , let God guide us in a way He wanted us to see the right way. God bless us and we are free.

Excellent coverage

I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHEN DID WE START ASKING FOR THIS MUCH FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, IS THIS THE FIRST TIME? OR ITS BEEN GOING ON, LIKE A BILLION DOLLAR COMING IN TO HELP THE ISLAND PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE GLOBLE CHANGE THAT IS EFFECTING OUR ISLAND.

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